Whales: Conservation

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of David Mackintosh David Mackintosh Conservative, Northampton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts about preventing whale meat and other whale-based products from passing through EU ports.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The transit of whale meat through UK and EU ports remains a point of concern for the UK. Alongside other EU Member States, we have continued to push the European Commission to look at the scope for collective action within the EU.

This is a complex issue involving complying with international trade rules, however, leaving the EU will present us with an opportunity to consider this issue from a different perspective.

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